Up, front

23 03 2010

Farm and ranch kids grow up knowing stuff. All kinds of stuff. Stuff that’s so ingrained from the time they’re little bitty that they may not even consciously recognize that they know certain stuff. Until another kid, not raised as close to nature and “the facts of life,” says something that makes the farm kid cock his head and raise a quizzical brow. To wit, we once had friends over, and one of our young friends had a girlfriend who had never been around horses. They rode double – he in the saddle, she behind the saddle. It was warm. (It was Texas, OK – it was hot.) The horses were sweating, especially under their saddle blankets, especially where jean-clad butts met slick, shiny horsehair butts. After the ride, the girl was genuinely worried that her be-jeaned butt now was damp. We weren’t quite sure what the actual problem was until we realized she’d never ridden bareback (maybe never ridden at all?). Well, we said, it’s hot, the horses are sweaty … Sweaty? She was innocent. She thought horses panted. Like dogs. Ahhh. šŸ™‚

Another thing farm kids know that they may not know they know – I didn’t realize I knew this until several years ago when someone asked or it was part of a quiz in a magazine or something … I can’t now remember how it came up. Horses get up – and lie down – front-end first. Cattle get up – and lie down – butt-end first. Really. Watch ’em sometime.

To wit, we’ll now observe Baylee as she demonstrates:

I was watching/photographing Hollywood and Sage when I realized Bayles was rolling. By the time I swung the camera her way, she was getting up. Here she’s bringing her front legs up …

Up with the front legs while her hindquarters/hind legs are still on the ground as she prepares to heave.

And she’s (almost) up!

Followed by a nice shake. šŸ™‚

After a little while, she was over with the other horses …

Left to right: Sage, Hollywood (in back), Baylee and Iya

The tell-tale paw …

And to my surprise she went down again to roll! (It is almost – definitely, by the human calendar – spring, after all. They’re still very fuzzy, and it was nice and lovely and warm.) (And no, I know you’re wondering, but she didn’t go all the way over.) (I didn’t realize she was going to be so goofy, or I’d have taken a pic of her actually laying down so you could see horses go down front end first, too.)

And here’s where she got weird. She got up with her butt-end first! Still on her knees! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, so I zoomed in on her and cut off poor Sage (sorry!).

Had a little mini-shake with her butt in the air …

And continued on up!

Ta da!

I think those cattle visitors over the winter had an adverse effect on our Baylee-girl! šŸ˜‰ (I did not see a single bovine this last trip, by the way, which I’m very glad about.)

Just a thing to make ya go hmm …! šŸ™‚


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23 03 2010
Victory Cowgirl (Jumper)

Hello TJ! It’s me, Victory Cowgirl (a.k.a. V.C., and formally Jumper) from GirlsHorseClub! I was just stopping by to say a few things! First, that is extremely weird that Baylee got up from rolling with her rump first. Usually, horses get up head-first (I would think that it would be more comfortable that way). =P Second, Baylee and Iya are beautiful – I love their color, and the rich white of their blazes! Hollywood sure is handsome, and rightly named, as well! You take excellent photographs of these horses, and the color is splendid!

Lastly, I’d like to say thanks for keeping those of us that follow you and your blog posted about the wild horses! You’re a brilliant person, and I admire your will to continue following these horses in order to track and photograph and document them. Thanks once more, and I’ll see ya ’round!
Yours,
V.C.

23 03 2010
TJ

Hey there! I thought it was really weird, too, that Baylee got up like that! Weird enough that I thought it was worthy of its own post! šŸ™‚ Iya is one that was born sorrel and is turning grey. Hollywood is one of my favorite boys. I think his dam was the grulla introduced mare (2000, with buckskin Luna and a dun mare) I called Slate. Unfortunately, she died the winter after the roundup of unknown cause. But I hope his hopefully “introductory” status (or son of an introduced mare) will keep him in the basin.
TJ

24 03 2010
Nicole Vinson

Hello!! Great to see some horses again. I was just going to share something with you since the post was about horses being weird lying down. I have a five year old geilding Ruban, who is a total nerd. When he starts to lie down he will sit down first and rub his behind on the ground for a good scratch. It is the funniest thing ever. and then when its time to get back up after rolling or napping he will just get into the sitting position and stay there. Its so weird, but thats just him. When do the horses usually start foaling? After i graduate in may i plan on taking a trip over there to see them all. And i will probably do the wild horse count also so we should get to meat sometime soon!!! YAY

24 03 2010
TJ

Hey, Nicole, is that you in the pic on the Health & Fitness front in Monday’s Herald? I laid out that page and saw your name and thought – “wow, I know that girl!” šŸ™‚ I hope you DO get to come out to the basin – and I’m going to try to be at the count (I need to get in gear and ask for those days off!). Funny about your gelding – they’re all such individuals! The mares should be just a couple of weeks from starting … early April was the first baby last year …!

24 03 2010
Nicole Vinson

Yeah thats me haha that was a funny day, and i did not get to buy anyhting from the machine because the drinks were like 90 degrees!! I really hope so to i think that i should be able to since i have such easy classes and it will be the end of the year, and high school for me. I am so excited to see what little babys we get this year. With these guys you never know like with the domesticated ones becuase we dont know whos whos daddy. I love horses sooo much and i really want to be able to come see your loved animals.

24 03 2010
TJ

I will be glad to meet you in person and to show you around the basin. šŸ™‚ We should know most of the sires this year … at least one unknown off the top of my head would be Two Boots – Grey or Twister? But given that I now think Twister is Cuatro’s sire, I think it’s likely he probably would have bred her again. Congratulations on being a senior! Didn’t you say something previously about going somewhere to study equine law?

25 03 2010
Nicole Vinson

Yeah after you watch them for so long you can predict it pretty well. I was really wanting to do that but i do not know that we can afford it right now. I will probably go to Fort Lewis for my four basic years and then go to the collage up in Sterling Co. There i will major in equine buisness. They have lots of colt starting things up there and lots of horse stuff which is what i have been looking for. Hopefully I will start winning enough money with my show horse to where i will take her up there wiht me. YAY i hope so i am so excited.

24 03 2010
Victory Cowgirl (Jumper)

TJ, did you just say that Two Boots has a daughter by Twister? =D

24 03 2010
TJ

Hmm. I have to re-read what I wrote. šŸ™‚ Two Boots has a colt by Twister (I think Twister is the sire, as opposed to Grey, though it could be either of them). If he already had bred Two Boots – to produce Cuatro – I think Twister likely would have re-bred her last spring after she had Cuatro – either on her foaling heat or about a month later (we’ll know by the timing of her foal this year). Does that make more sense?

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